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Poster: olympiaroad Date: Jan 19, 2011 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Percentage, Where You Are

Every now and then, I take a break for a week or so, but my practice is to be listening to complete GD tours-in season-in order on an ongoing basis. I haven't gotten sick of doing this yet somehow, after years and years of it. Usually, I do about one set per night and it's usually the second thing I listen to-the dessert, if you will. Prime listening time is when I've gotten the kids to bed, (after 8 or so) and can multi-task by listening on headphones, correcting papers, trolling the internet news sites and such and/or watching sports with the loudmouths turned way down. (Go C's!) When Dylan's on tour, I listen to his whole tour in the same way, (thanks to various bt sites you all know about). Same with the Stones. When that thing starts up, I'll be on it in "virtual" fashion. As with the GD, the charm of these tours is that each show is unique in terms of song selection and approach. Yes, less so for the Stones, but they've gotten more dynamic in their set lists in the past decade. And, I would argue they're better live now. I've tried to listen to full Furthur tours and be a good deadhead soldier, but...sigh...I dunno. No offense, but with Bobby up there, I don't see the point in J.K. singing all the Jerry songs that Bobby has been developing with Ratdog. Ok, different thread...

Primarily, I listen to unauthorized, live music recordings though I recently went through the complete studio recordings of the Stones and may do the same with Dylan. Most studio recordings I listen to these days are new, underground indie, hip-hop etc.

I have a thing about listening to an opera on most Sundays, (again I don't want to "drop a dime" as to where I get live music recordings bu the place I go frequently features European broadcasts of opera and other orchestral pieces) and try to listen to a wide variety of music every day for an average of about 2-3 hours a day.

One thing I do about once a week-usually Thursdays or Fridays-is go to Hype Machine and scroll through a week or so of audioblog postings and download 40-50 MP3's, put together a playlist and get acquainted with new, unreleased/remixed indie, electro-pop, hip-hop etc. that the audiobloggers are promoting. It's a great, free, legal way to get cutting edge music and in general, be a week to a month ahead of the curve. It's good to have some sense of what you're looking for by reading Pitchfork or audioblogs, for that matter or semi-current by reading Rolling Stone or Spin. (The latter is somewhat limited in their musical appreciations. They have been flogging the alleged virtues of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for a good ten years now; RS, however, has improved quite a bit in terms of cultural relevance.) The result of several years of audioblog trolling is that I have around 20,000 free mp3's in my Itunes. This allows me to easily program 15 minutes of music every day before homeroom in the high school at which I am a teacher that I play over the intercom with student announcers and to barely repeat an artist in the past 4 years. (For instance, the Beatles got played more than once, but by and large I try to avoid being repetitive and mix it up constantly in terms of genres.)

I consider myself kind of an extremist in this area. Too much of everything is just enough.

Oh and I live in Red Sox Nation.

This post was modified by olympiaroad on 2011-01-19 21:53:34

This post was modified by olympiaroad on 2011-01-19 22:47:34

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 20, 2011 5:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Percentage, Where You Are

thanks for the tip about Hype Machine.

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Poster: olympiaroad Date: Jan 20, 2011 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Percentage, Where You Are

No problem. Here's what you have to do though. When you see a song that you want, click on "read full post". It will bring you to the blog. If you click on the song title, I think it brings you to Itunes or something like that. Then, when you get to the audioblogs, right click on the song titles and save as to someplace. Now, in some cases, the bloggers are just streaming the music. In some cases, they're just listing it and it's a link that, again, will take you to Itunes or the equivalent. In most cases, however, it's an MP3 file, (not bad quality either). Sometimes the mp3 actually resides on a file hosting site like yousendit. When you get there, you'll see a big download button.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 20, 2011 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Percentage, Where You Are

Cool,thanks.

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Poster: Headstrung Date: Jan 19, 2011 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Percentage, Where You Are

Santa Cruz, Cal-a-forn I A

80% Grateful Dead
20% Other

I am 43 years old and have had the sickness since the age of fourteen. Driven some girlfriends, roommates and the like crazy but they just didn't understand. My wife and I have an agreement to ignore the others, um, shall I say problems.